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Get Ready to Build on Home Depot

Tickers in this article: HD KO LOW
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- I'm driving along the main artery near the city I call home with my dearest friend, who reminds me that we need new furnace filters. "That's nice," I respond in an atypically apathetic mood, wondering why she brought up that topic.

In five minutes I found out when she exclaimed, "There it is, the Home Depot!" Before I could catch my breath I'm being told to take the next left turn and navigate into an "end spot" in the parking lot. Within 10 minutes we had found the exact filters we needed, checked ourselves out through the self-service line and were back in the car heading home.

That's what shareholders call "The Home Depot Touch."

Home Depot (HD) will step into the earnings limelight before the market opens Tuesday and "touch" us all with its most recent earnings results.

This powerhouse is the only home improvement store chain that's a member of the prestigious Dow Jones Industrial Average composed of 30 of the biggest and most successful publicly traded companies in America. Every index fund that represents the DJIA has to own shares of HD. With the recovery in the housing market millions of Americans will be motivated to shop there.

Why, you so intuitively ask? Because if you have a house you want to sell you're going to want to improve it, remodel it or renovate it in a number of ways to make it more attractive. A fresh coat of paint or some new window fixtures plus an endearing door mat and a few ceiling fans and the buyers will find your house hard to resist. "Cha-ching" goes the HD cash registers and shareholders smile.

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Home Depot shares have moved higher as the good news about home prices and a housing recovery oozes from the talking heads on all the news channels. When you look at how the trailing 12-month revenue per share has been doing, you'll not be surprised by the one-year chart below.

HD ChartHD data by YCharts

Monday was the worst day of 2013 for the major market averages, and HD finished the day down 2.5% to close at $63.92 on heavy volume. It looked like shareholders were unloading ahead of HD's earnings confession just to play it safe.

Well, my friends, that's what those of us who want to buy HD shares at a more reasonable price want to see happen, right?

The analyst consensus estimate on HD for the final quarter of 2012 is for EPS to be up 28% over the year-ago quarter. That's quite heady, in my opinion, but certainly attainable. What will happen to the stock if HD misses by a few pennies? We who want to buy HD "on sale" won't be disappointed!